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Advice needed on a treadmill with at least 15 inch screen (Read 59 times)

    I'm looking for a good treadmill as our family runs a lot of miles. It has to go to up 12mph and would like it to do the online fitness stuff. I want to stay under 4000 and have at least a 15 inch screen.

     

    Looking at Norditrack 2950, the new Pelton without the slots and the new Proforma 9000 (bigger screen).  I keep seeing so many negative reviews I'm quite worried. Any thoughts?  Anyone have these. Comments on iFit vs Pelton?  Am I missing another brand?

    2014 Goals: (Yeah I suck)

    • Sub 22  5K
    • Sub 1:35 1/2 marathon 
    • Sub 3:25:00 Marathon

      Our hack: Mount a TV the size of your choice on the wall in front of the treadmill.

       

      Our various free craigslist treadmills over the years have changed, but the TV remains the same. An older 32" with a built-in DVD player. Remote is velcro'd to the treadmill control panel. With one particularly loud treadmill, I set up a headphone jack.

       

      This way you are not limited by the screen on the treadmill, you can get any treadmill you want that meets your speed/incline/workout needs, and also a TV/screen that meets your viewing needs.

       

       

      *I rarely run on our treadmill because I live in coastal California, but my life accomplice walks 3-4 miles daily while watching stuff. In bad weather I've watched an entire football game (Go Ducks) while running/jogging, walking during commercials. Works great.

      55-59 age group  -  University of Oregon alumni  -  Irreverent and Annoying

      darkwave


      Mother of Cats

        I'm looking for a good treadmill as our family runs a lot of miles. It has to go to up 12mph and would like it to do the online fitness stuff. I want to stay under 4000 and have at least a 15 inch screen.

         

        Looking at Norditrack 2950, the new Pelton without the slots and the new Proforma 9000 (bigger screen).  I keep seeing so many negative reviews I'm quite worried. Any thoughts?  Anyone have these. Comments on iFit vs Pelton?  Am I missing another brand?

         

        My understanding is that the screen on the Nordictrack ONLY does iFit.  You can't watch TV on it, surf the internet, or use any other online fitness program.  Not sure if that's a dealkiller for you.

         

        I considered the 2950 but nixed it, with one of the big negatives being the screen.  That is a BIG screen and since I'm small it is close to my face.  I don't personally like online fitness stuff, and I thought the screen would just get very annoying.

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        RunnerKSA


          I have a bigscreen TV in front of my treadmill, which is wonderful.  The display on the treadmill gives me the exercise data, but doesn't play other content. I'm totally happy with my set up.

          Out there running since dinosaurs roamed the earth

           

            We have 2 treadmills, Sole f85 purchased in 2009 and a Matrix tf50 xer purchased in 2018.  The xer console is only 10", but can be purchased with the xir console that is 16" (you can also get the xr console, but that doesn't have the bells in whistles that you want). The TF50 is one of the quieter TMs that we were able to find. Of, course, we have our TMs setup with a large screen TV in our garage. I still use the Sole for most of my TM runs, mostly because it doesn't block my view of the TV .  The deck on the Sole is slightly wider, but the Matrix is adequate. I sometimes run on them barefoot and it is a good idea to move around on the bed when you do as hot spots develop if you don't and this is easier on the wider bed. That said, DW uses the Matrix exclusively because it is quieter. We've been happy with both TMs. YMMV


            Ray

             

            rufustrunt


              I would highly recommend the Woodway 4Front. You could also look at the Technogym Artis treadmill. I've run on both, but we own the Woodway 4Front and I can say for a fact that the Woodway is a fantastic machine... a total tank. It's not really a treadmill, its more like an outdoor simulator machine. That Technogym piece is pretty fantastic though. They have a showroom in SOHO, and will certainly let you try one out.

               

              We ordered our Woodway with just the simple, most basic display. After 5 miles or so the screen will be covered by sweat getting flung up there, so having a minimum amount of stuff up there is the way to go.

               

              Make sure you have concrete floors in your work out room and at least a 10 foot ceiling.

               

              If you want a treadmill, and will be using it, don't skimp on cheap crap, get the Woodway.

                Thanks for the replies.  Does anyone use a TV with any of the apps?  One things that I think will motivate me is competing against others in the classes.  Would love to know how that works and if it can be done on your TV with Peleton or iFit?

                 

                BTW - would love a woodway but those are the price of a small cheap car.

                2014 Goals: (Yeah I suck)

                • Sub 22  5K
                • Sub 1:35 1/2 marathon 
                • Sub 3:25:00 Marathon
                lindasaffell


                Fighting senescence

                  Thanks for the replies.  Does anyone use a TV with any of the apps?  One things that I think will motivate me is competing against others in the classes.  Would love to know how that works and if it can be done on your TV with Peleton or iFit?

                   

                  BTW - would love a woodway but those are the price of a small cheap car.

                   

                  I haven't tried using a TV (a "smart" TV probably would work for it I bet, though.  We only have "dumb" tvs here).  But just to see if it would be feasible, could you just install the app on your phone, and try it there?  I know when Zwift and some other similar apps launched, I did try some of them on my phone with my TM.  It at least helps you know if you even enjoy the content and the competition aspect.

                   

                  I have an ancient Proform, very bare-bones, although it has iFit connections.  I just never used them, because I am not a very competitive person I guess.

                   

                  Yes, those woodways are gorgeous tho!

                  Happy Garmin newbie

                  Renewing my interest in running, sloooowly


                  Feeling the growl again

                    I highly recommend you mount the TV of your choice either on the wall in front of the treadmill, or on a stand in front of the treadmill.  In addition to all the advantages of being able to have exactly what you want and not be constrained by the sub-optimal options built into a treadmill, you can replace/repair more easily.  As a bonus you can mount it at the appropriate height to support proper running form.

                    "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                     

                    I am spaniel - Crusher of Treadmills